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AARP Utah Honors Volunteers at 'Celebration of Volunteer Spirit' Ceremony

AARP Utah was thrilled to honor seventeen outstanding Utah volunteers from around the state at its “Celebration of the Volunteer Spirit” ceremony on Oct. 11, at which the 2011 Andrus Award for Community Service was presented to Carol Hoggard of Moab.

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Hoggard’s contributions to the community are numerous and impressive.

As her nominator Katherine Sullivan stated, “A healthy and vibrant community is only possible when all the members feel essential and valued regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.”

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This sentiment embodies the spirit of the Andrus Award and of Hoggard’s service.

She volunteers at Seekhaven, a women’s shelter in Moab, mentors children at the local elementary school, oversees the recycling program at the Grand Center, assists the homeless population of Moab, volunteers as a hospice workers, and volunteers to Moab’s many arts and music festivals.

She has contributed over 5400 volunteer hours to these and other causes over the last several years, despite having severe rheumatoid arthritis. She almost lost her life in a car accident over 20 years ago, yet scheduled the many surgeries necessary to recovery around her volunteer time. Hoggard truly serves as an inspiration in her community and for volunteers everywhere.
 
Lynn Miller received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible service and generosity to those in need. Miller himself was orphaned at age three and was raised in foster homes that were often abusive; he overcame these and other personal hardships to devote himself to helping at-risk youth.

He has personally donated money, furniture, and food to people struggling with poverty around the world, in addition to donating his time for the Hurricane Senior Center and Hurricane Rehabilitation Center. His work with Dixie Care and Share embodies AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” mission by helping those in need of food.

Receiving “Outstanding Volunteer” awards for their service were exceptional volunteers as follows:

  • Marilyn Cooper (Salt Lake City)
  • Kari Kilbourn (Morgan)
  • Eileen Meiners (Bountiful)
  • Louann Peterson (Centerfield)
  • Dana Peterson (Park City)
  • Karen Post (Salt Lake City)
  • Charlene Riddle (Ogden)
  • Dee Rowland (Salt Lake City)
  • Robert and Mary Alice Tustison (Richfield)
  • Alice Padilla Viau (Layton)
  • Donald White (Sandy)
  • Dennis Wilson (Pleasant Grove)
  • Richard Wirick (Salt Lake City)
  • Dick Wunder (Salt Lake City)

AARP Utah also recognized its own volunteer leaders and volunteers from the Tax-Aide and Driver Safety Program who contribute greatly to the quality of life for all Utahns, particularly AARP members.

This ceremony was held during the AARP Utah Volunteer Leadership Summit on Oct. 11-12, where highlights included a presentation by AARP President Lee Hammond and Senior Vice-President Steve Cone. Participants raved about their participation in the Summit and were honored by their willingness to attend.

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